Parents' Guide to

Purp To-Do List & Goal Tracker

By Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Simple goal-setting app helps kids learn accountability.

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This all-in-one organizer can help kids set goals, prioritize, and stay on track without having to keep track of an assignment notebook or list. Learning how to set goals, prioritize them, and stick with a plan are very important life skills for kids to learn in order to manage completing homework and projects, by themselves, on time. Kids and adults with executive functioning difficulties may need a tool like Purp To-Do List & Goal Tracker to organize their thoughts. Many people with memory and attention challenges benefit from writing down steps and creating lists to help guide them, but those same users may also be prone to losing paper. Parents will likely need to input the information into the app and help kids break down activities into smaller, achievable tasks. While this app is a great tool for managing these expectations, it's more appropriate for teens and adults, as younger users will first need to be taught offline how to set goals and break them down into smaller, achievable activities. While the achievement badges are nice, embedded reinforcement, they may not be enough to motivate all kids. Also, data can be overwhelming for kids and adults to understand, and is only useful if the user actually commits to consistently checking the items off when they are complete. Since the number of categories offered could be overwhelming, and the unwanted ones aren't deletable, savvy users could include basic information in one category only and keep it on one screen for kids to view, rather than going overboard by adding too much information. All in all, this app could be a very useful tool for kids who need a little help staying organized.

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